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The Oregon State Prison Sh*t BomberTim King Salem-News.com
Poop thrower's sentence extended to 2038...
(SALEM, Ore.) - "Master Sh*t Bomber" - what a title. Oregon prison inmate Peter Raymond Kaha originally was sent to the big house with a relatively short sentence, a couple of years.
But half a century has been added to his prison sentence over multiple convictions for sh*t bombing prison staff.
A story comment from a corrections officer in our ongoing series on corruption in the Oregon state prisons, accuses an inmate we have written extensively about, Clayton Howard, of being a sh*t bomber. This in itself when examining the record, is a load of crap. Howard has never been accused or convicted of such an incident. But since the guard leaving the comment wanted to make the idea of sh*t bombers in Oregon prisons public, I figured I'd toss our readers a real steaming pile of information.
Former Oregon Corrections Officer William Coleman remembers Kaha, in fact he says he is a person he will never forget. Coleman had about ten encounters with this man whose name, somehow not surprisingly, rhymes with 'caca'- from Latin caco (“to defecate”).
"It is a five year sentence per incident, if you sh*t bomb 20 or 30 people you're never going to get out," Coleman said.
At this point Kaha is looking at 30 March 2038 as a release date.
He is 30 years old, and long ago completed his original prison sentence. In fact it was so many years ago that his original charges are not even listed. He Sent for a relatively short stay, Kaha will be inside of these walls for so many more years because of his offbeat addiction to attacking guards with his excrement.
What is a Sh*t bomber?
A sh*t bomber is an inmate who has a reputation for collecting their feces and throwing it at corrections officers, often aiming for their faces. Coleman says it can be spit out of an inmate's mouth into the officer's face, sometimes they have it in their hand and he's even heard of a cup being used to fling the poo.
Kaha lives an extremely isolated life. His goal from what Coleman knows, is simply to lure prison staff over to his area so he can exercise his seemingly favorite pastime. The Oregon State Prison put him Kaha out in the main population one time when Coleman was there; he says other inmates jumped him and beat him up and back into isolation he went.
Coleman says Kaha lived a quiet life in the Oregon State Prison's DSU (Disciplinary Segregation Unit) a few years ago when he knew him. There is no entertainment, just 24 hours a day, week after week, month after month, year after year, in the exact same cell. His food is delivered and Kaha declines opportunities to walk outside, as Coleman recalls.
Today Kaha is in the Snake River Correctional Facility in eastern Oregon. Coleman knew him in the old Oregon State Prison where he was kept in a section of the place that was extremely isolated even from the other prisoners in solitary.
Who Flung Poo?
Former Prison Guard William Coleman never was sh*t bombed, he was one of the lucky ones...
Covering the faces
In spite of his highly segregated location, Coleman says this star sh*t bomber has an uncanny ability to know the latest scores from the latest football, basketball and baseball games.
"He's a sports guy, and he can sure talk about sports. He could tell you who won the latest games, even though no TV exists in his part of the prison."
Coleman never did figure out how to account for the specifics cited by Kaha during these encounters.
"He could tell you which individuals helped win the game, who the high point man was, what the best plays were; he knew things that were almost impossible from his perspective."
Coleman says inmates like this, after many years in solitary, develop extraordinary senses; vision, hearing and smell. Of course this inmate's particular habit would make the life of a sh*tbomber extremely unpleasant in the olfactory sense, you would think, but Coleman says it hasn't slowed Kaha down.
I guess in the end there are some things that you just can't take away from a man, and wouldn't want to.
Coleman recalls a couple of specific incidents. Most of the officers were wise to Kaha's ways, so he generally relied on getting the new guards or catching those he particularly disliked when they weren't expecting it. In one case, a guard who Coleman believed exhibited poor character traits when dealing with the inmates, was the recipient of a gift from Kaha.
"He was trying to get the officer to come over to him and said something to catch the officer off guard. Kaha's mouth was fully loaded. I saw the pictures of this officer; he has feces all over his face and clothes, in his eyes and around his mouth. He had to have his picture taken before washing."
Coleman speculates that sometimes officers have to walk around that way for up to half an hour, covered in human poop, during the initial investigation process.
"Kaha would get who he wanted, and who he got had a lot to do with how he was treated by the particular officer. He got several of them."
Several might even be an understatement. In examining the page for Kaha on the Oregon Dept. of Corrections Website, there are 16 convictions for Assault-3. These are the sh*t bombing incidents that gave this man an extra 40 years of incarceration, so far.
Of course the corrections staff figured out quickly that Kaha throws feces. Perhaps it is their reaction that caused him to go to new, even more obscene levels.
Coleman says placing the human feces in the mouth is one approach. Like a ventriloquist, a sh*t bomber needs to master the art of speaking in a seemingly normal voice, without letting his proposed target know. With a mouth full of poop, Kaha in particular was practiced at calling an unsuspecting officer over: 'hey officer, come over here', and absolutely spewing the poo onto their faces and uniforms.
Pictures of officers who have been sh*t bombed hang on a wall inside the Oregon State Prison, Coleman says.
Coleman laughs when he tells the story of Kaha, but says in reality, this poor guy is living a life that no human being should live, well past the idea of having dignity. Perhaps he should be in a hospital instead of a prison.
The story also illustrates how unpredictable life must often be for prison guards. You can go to work in a clean uniform, but sometimes it's hard to come away smelling like a rose.
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